What job can I do with my degree?

Finishing university can be tough…

Aside from figuring out what you’re qualified to do, you also need to figure out which career path suits your personality, passions, and interests. Luckily, there are a number of roles that might suit you, no matter what your background. 

To make your options clearer, here’s our advice on what jobs you could do with your degree:

 

                                 

Accountancy and finance

 

Graduate accounting jobs

Accounting Technician – This role involves preparing financial reports through the gathering, checking and analysing of financial information. 

ActuaryActuaries analyse a range of data in order to evaluate and mitigate financial risk.

Chartered Accountant Whether it’s through auditing, reporting, account analysis, taxation or financial forecasting, a Chartered Accountant is responsible for providing a range of financial advice and administration to clients.  

Company Secretary – Company Secretaries work with Company Directors to ensure their business complies with statutory and legal requirements, providing guidance on administrative procedures, finances and business decisions. 

Financial Advisor – A Financial Advisor’s main role is to offer personalised financial guidance to people in all kinds of situations

 

Other roles to consider: Data Analyst, Business Advisor, Economist, Tax Advisor, Stock Broker.

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Skills to utilise

  • Understanding of accountancy practices
  • Accountancy-specific technical skills
  • Business sense and commercial awareness
  • Problem solving skills
  • Analytical thinking
  • Communication skills
  • Negotiation ability

 

Typical employers for accountancy graduates

Accountancy and finance roles can be found in a wide variety of workplaces, from investment and high street banks and accountancy firms, to insurance companies, building societies and management consultancies. 

However, many businesses have their own in-house finance teams, from multinational companies to SMEs, making it a really varied field for anyone looking for work.  

 

Further education

Although some employers will look for postgraduate credentials, industry-specific qualifications (e.g. ACCA, CIMA, AAT) are more likely to help you stand out. These can be gained independently, but many employers may also pay for finance graduates to gain these qualifications as part of their on-the-job training.     

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Marketing and media

 

Graduate marketing and media jobs

Advertising Account Executive Advertising Account Executives act as a link between clients and an agency; coordinating, negotiating and reporting on a range of different advertising tactics and campaigns. 

Copywriter This role involves generating engaging written content for advertising campaigns, websites, apps and more. 

Events Manager – Events Managers plan and coordinate a range of events, from product launches through to fashion shows, music festivals and more.

Marketing Executive This is a varied position that could include everything from liaising with internal and external stakeholders and managing the production of marketing materials, to organising events and handling customer relationships.

SEO Specialist – These individuals help improve a site’s Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). In other words, how the business ranks for key terms within their industry (e.g. on Google).

 

Other roles to consider: Advertising Account Executive, Media Buyer, Market Researcher, PR Officer, Editorial Assistant, PPC Executive.

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Skills to utilise

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Creativity 
  • Negotiation skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Analytical skills
     

Typical employers in marketing and media

Marketing and media roles are found in a range of specialist marketing, advertising and PR agencies. In addition, since the need for marketing skills are essential across almost every industry, you’ll be able to find in-house positions at a range of different types of organisations.  

Many marketing and media roles (e.g. copywriting, design, social media) are also increasingly done on a freelance basis.

 

Further education

Whilst there are a range of postgraduate courses available, these aren’t necessarily considered prerequisites to pursue a career in Marketing (although they may be particularly useful for non-marketing graduates). However, employers will often place more precedence on vocational certificates and diplomas recognised by the likes of The Chartered Institute of marketing (CIM), The Institute of Data and Marketing (IDM) and The Digital Marketing Institute (DMI).

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Law

 

Graduate law jobs

Legal Secretary The main role of a Legal Secretary is to provide clerical support and services for Lawyers, Solicitors and Legal Executives. They help the office run smoothly, helping their employers concentrate on their day-to-day responsibilities. 

Patent Attorney – This role involves investigating whether a new product is new and unique, which will ensure it can be patented, as well as looking into claims of plagiarism for existing products. 

Paralegal Specialising in criminal, corporate, immigration, or banking, Paralegals offer legal support to Lawyers. This might be through taking statements, interviewing clients, helping prepare court cases or other administrative duties.  

Probation Officer – Probation Officers work closely with offenders, monitoring their behaviour and overseeing their rehabilitation back into society.

Solicitor – Solicitors use their expert legal knowledge to advise clients and act on their behalf when they have law-related issues.

 

Other roles to consider: Company Secretary, Tax Consultant, Management Consultant, Town Planner, Trading Standards Officer.

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Skills to utilise

  • An in-depth understanding of the legal system and its implications
  • Research and analysis skills
  • The ability to interpret and explain complex information
  • Reasoning and judgment
  • Lateral thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Verbal and written communication skills

 

Typical employers for law graduates 

Opportunities in law are available in local and national government, and at large organisations that have their own legal team. Other employers include the Government Legal Service, the Armed Forces legal services, UK police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Banks, building societies, and insurance companies also hire legal professionals. As do consulting firms.

In addition, many companies of a certain size across all sectors will have their own in-house legal teams to help ensure they are compliant with current regulations (e.g. GDPR, copyright laws, etc.) They may also hire specialist legal agencies to work on specific projects on a consultative basis. 

 

Further education

Further study is essential for graduates looking to pursue a career in law, with the required qualifications depending on your field. For example, aspiring Barristers must take a Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and those wanting to become Solicitors will need to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC).

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Geography

 

Graduate geography jobs  

Cartographer Cartographers collect data on geographical areas to help design, produce and update maps (both physical, and digital). 

Environmental Consultant Whether it’s through assessing the suitability of new developments, conducting field surveys, or analysing data, this position is all about using expert knowledge to manage and prevent damage to the environment.  

Surveyor – A Surveyor measures the various agricultural, structural, and economic aspects of development in specific areas of land or buildings. They often specialise in one key area: commercial, residential or rural. 

Travel Agent – Travel Agents book holidays and trips on behalf of their customers, helping them plan every aspect of their breaks to ensure that they’re getting the most of their time away.

Town Planner This role focuses on the planning, shaping and development of towns, cities, and rural areas – as well as the potential environmental impact of construction.

 

Other roles to consider: Market Researcher, Landscape Architect, Geography Teacher, International Development Worker, Transport Planner, Weather Analyst, Conservationist.

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Skills to utilise

  • Knowledge of social, economic and environmental issues
  • Research, analysis and evaluation skills
  • IT skills
  • Objectivity 
  • Self-motivation
  • Attention to detail
  • Creativity and logic


Typical employers for geography graduates

You’ll be able to find work in a range of sectors as a Geography graduate, from education, commerce and transport, to the public/private sector, charities, environmental consultancies, and more.

If you place a clear focus on your transferable skills, you may also be considered for roles in the business, legal and finance sectors. 

 

Further education

There are many postgraduate courses that will allow you to delve further into a certain area of geography, business or management. Subjects like teaching, surveying and landscape architecture are particularly popular, as they are geared towards a particular career.

Jobs for geography lovers

 

History

 

Graduate history jobs

Archaeologist Archaeologists explore ancient sites to discover, examine and analyse objects from the past. They usually work on behalf of museums, universities, local authorities or research organisations.

Archivist – Archivists collect, manage and maintain materials which may hold historic importance. These could include anything from electronic records through to hard copies of books or documents, maps, pictures and films.

Heritage Manager This role is all about the conservation and management of heritage sites, from historic buildings and landscapes to ancient monuments and museums. 

History Teacher – They teach children of all ages about historical events, people and civilisations, helping them learn more about their heritage and the world around them.  

Librarian Whether it’s at a library, school or university, Librarians are in charge of organising, categorising and issuing books (as well as a range of digital and online resources).

 

Other roles to consider: Museum Curator, Editorial Assistant, Journalist, Copywriter, Charity Officer, Tour Guide.

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Skills to utilise

  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving abilities
  • An ability to research, condense, and assess material
  • Objectivity and critical thinking
  • Organisational skills
  • Cross-referencing abilities
  • Visual and written presentation skills


Typical employers for history graduates

A variety of employers hire history graduates, including schools, museums, libraries, universities, law firms, publishing companies, heritage organisations, and more.

You may also be able to find work in the civil service; whether it’s within NHS management, the police, or the armed forces.

 

Further education

Many history graduates choose to carry out postgraduate study in fields such as accountancy, law, journalism or teaching – which opens up new opportunities in a wide variety of areas. Others may decide to delve into a more specific area of history by studying for a Master’s degree.

Jobs for history lovers

 

English

 

Graduate English jobs

Editorial Assistant Editorial Assistants help with the production of books, magazines, journals and online content. 

Journalist Whether it’s coming up with story ideas, investigating sources and leads or drafting articles to send to the editor, it’s a Journalist’s job to break the news as and when it happens. They could work for one or more publications or on a freelance basis.

Lexicographer – This role involves monitoring and recording developments in the English language, in order to keep an up-to-date record of its uses and connotations. Their findings contribute to the compilation of all kinds of dictionaries and reference texts.

PR Executive – A career in public relations involves managing the perception of your clients within the media. This might be working for individuals, big businesses, SMEs or any other type of organisation. 

Social Media Executive – Help manage, maintain and produce content for a company’s social media channels, including outlets like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Other roles to consider: Copywriter, English Teacher, Proofreader, Writer, Librarian, Marketing Executive, Lecturer, Advertising Account Executive.

  

Skills to utilise

  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Research and analysis skills
  • Self-motivation and management
  • Communication skills (both written and spoken)
  • The ability to work independently

 

Typical employers for English graduates 

You’ll be able to find work within a number of organisations as an English graduate, from educational institutions and financial/legal firms, to voluntary, charitable and media organisations.

PR and marketing agencies, as well as digital media and traditional publishing companies, will also highly value English grads -particularly for their excellent written communication skills.

Many English graduates may also work for a company’s in-house marketing and creative teams, meaning they could secure roles in a wide range of different verticals.  

 

Further education

There are a number of postgraduate courses available that allow English graduates to branch out into particular fields of work, from journalism and teaching to marketing and law. Or, you could develop your academic abilities by studying for a Master’s and/or PhD.

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Jobs for English lovers

What can I do with my English degree?

 

Science and engineering


Graduate science and engineering jobs

Aerospace Engineer This role is based around the design, construction and testing of aircrafts, from commercial and passenger jets to military aircraft and weapons systems. 

Analytical Chemist – Using a range of scientific methods, Analytical Chemists investigate and analyse the chemical nature of a range of substances. Their work is essential to the development of drugs, forensic analysis and toxicology.

Biomedical Scientist – Biomedical Scientists test and analyse biological samples to research, investigate and diagnose human illnesses. They could specialise in infection sciences, blood sciences or cellular sciences. Their work is usually laboratory based.

Forensic Scientist – This role uses various types of scientific and mathematical analysis to assess the physical and biological evidence found at crime scenes. 

Microbiologist – Microbiologists study and analyse various types of microorganisms, including bacteria and viruses. Their research helps us better understand our surroundings, as well as the development of new drugs, medicines and vaccines.

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Other roles to consider: Geophysicist, Research Scientist, Software Engineer, Civil Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Structural Engineer, Gas Engineer.

  

Skills to utilise

  • Problem solving skills
  • Research and analysis skills
  • Project management
  • Technical skills
  • Mathematical skills
  • Time management
  • Organisational skills


Typical employers for science and engineering graduates

There are a vast range of employers across science and engineering; where you choose to work will be dependent on your specialism.

For example, those interested in civil engineering could find work in the construction industry, whilst biology graduates are likely to land roles in pharmaceutical, educational or medical institutions.

And with a variety of STEM careers continuing to emerge which include more technological aspects, a growing number of science and engineering jobs can be found with tech employers.    

 

Further education

Engineering graduates may be required to study whilst working in order to become Chartered Engineers. And, as there are a variety of specialisms included with this industry, postgraduate study is also a common route. Science graduates may choose to study for a Master’s or a PhD which will drastically improve their chances of career progression.

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Jobs for science lovers

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Business

 

Graduate business jobs

Business Advisor This role involves using expert knowledge and excellent business sense to provide financial support and advice to small businesses and start-up companies. 

Product Owner – Product Owners work with a product development or scrum team to organise, develop and deliver products and services that deliver the highest possible value to a company and its customers.

Project Manager Whether it’s through planning, management, budgeting or overall coordination, a Project Manager is responsible for ensuring a project is carried out effectively. 

Management Accountant Management Accountants are responsible for preparing, developing and analysing a company’s accounts in order to help them make well-informed business decisions that increase profit and growth.

Risk Manager – It’s a Risk Manager’s job to mitigate against any potential threats or issues to an organisation or project. Prominent examples include (but are not limited to) financial, environmental, tech or business continuity-related risks. 


Other roles to consider:
Investment Manager, Business Analyst, Data Analyst, Actuarial Analyst, Retail Manager, Marketing Manager.

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Skills to utilise

  • Analytical abilities
  • Problem solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Logical thinking
  • Decision making abilities
  • Business acumen
  • Communication skills


Typical employers for business graduates 

You can find business management and analysis roles in almost every industry, within both the public and private sectors. Many large or medium-sized employers also offer graduate schemes or apprenticeships that centre on commercial business, which often provide a well-rounded look into all aspects of the industry.

Banking and finance firms are also likely to employ business graduates, with their management and analytical skills being particularly in demand.  

 

Further education

Whilst some graduates choose to carry out further postgraduate study in a specific area of business, others work towards a professional qualification (e.g. CIMA, ACCA, CIM, CMI, CIPD) alongside a job. This can be done independently, however, many employers may also sponsor business graduates to gain these certifications as part of their employment. Studying for an MBA is also a potential route for those pursuing a career in business. 

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What to do with your business degree

 

Psychology

 

Graduate psychology jobs

Clinical Psychologist – Clinical Psychologists work with patients to diagnose and treat a wide range of physical and mental health problems. This can include everything from depression and anxiety, to eating disorders and addictions.

Counsellor – By providing a confidential and empathetic ear to those struggling with a range of issues, Counsellors are able to encourage clients to understand their problems from a new perspective and consequently make their own decisions on how to solve them.  

HR Advisor – An essential function for any organisation, the job of an HR Advisor is to implement, support and (in some cases) control policies pertaining to a business and its members of staff. This might include key aspects such as emotional wellbeing and employee happiness and can be a great choice for psychology graduates. 

Play Therapist – Whether it’s through drawings, clay, music, storytelling or toys, Play Therapists use creative play to communicate with, understand and support children who are struggling with a variety of emotional issues – from neglect to bereavement.

Sport Psychologist – This role involves helping athletes to perform better, by improving their mentality and training methods to give them the edge over their competition. 


Other roles to consider:
Psychology Teacher, Health Psychologist, Career Advisor, Probation Officer, Social Worker, Speech Therapist, Forensic Psychologist, Market Researcher.

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Skills to utilise

  • Empathy
  • Communication skills
  • Analytical abilities
  • Objectivity and confidentiality
  • An in-depth understanding of human behaviour
  • Critical thinking


Typical employers for psychology graduates

Where you’ll find work depends on the type of career you choose to pursue. Whilst some graduates become professionals at private psychology practices, outpatient clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities or mental health centres, others might branch out into other fields.

This means you could work anywhere from sports teams, HR departments and marketing companies to financial organisations, the NHS or the National Probation Service.

 

Further education

Whether it’s to pursue a career in psychology or in a new field, postgraduate study is often a good idea (and can be essential) for psychology graduates. For example, those who want to become a Chartered Psychologist will need to carry out postgraduate study and training in order to become fully qualified.  

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